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Why even bother with XP? [closed]

Our group has run into irreconcilable differences of opinion, unfortunately. One of the players was not present for our first session of a new campaign and was not awarded any XP for that session. ...
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Handling “relevant knowledge” in Savage Worlds

As a GM, how should I handle cases of "relevant knowledge" among my player-characters? For example, if someone is playing a Doctor (with Healing at a d10, say), surely they don't have to take ...
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Multiple attacks in a round (iterative attacks)

In what order do iterative attacks resolve? Right after the character who has initiative has resolved his first attack (attack with highest BAB), or do the other characters and npc's resolve their ...
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Can a breath weapon's area be willingly reduced?

Does a breath weapon's area of effect always have to extend to its fullest size, or could you use it over a smaller area than your maximum if you so chose (e.g. breath weapon is 60 foot line, stop ...
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Do you gain combat advantage from a flanking charge?

Can you gain combat advantage from flanking as the result of a charge? For example, if I charge an enemy, and will end my charge opposite an ally, do I get +2 for CA from flanking in addition to +1 ...
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Can an alchemical oil be used as a splash weapon?

If I create or purchase an oil with a harmful spell like say Magic Missile. Can I throw it as a splash weapon?
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What do I need to craft potions and oils?

I know that the Brew Potion feat can be used to make these items, but can I also use skills? The Paizo Site states that potions can be crafted with the Brew Potion feat, Spellcraft skill, and Craft ...
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How can I get Sharpie off my d6s?

I used the Make Some option to have Fudge dice while waiting for my Evil Hat Fudge Dice to arrive. Now they're here, but my d6s are still all Sharpied up. The Sharpie will smudge and smear and get ...
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How can I encourage my players to give me plot hooks?

Related: How can I help a player craft a backstory that gives me plot hooks? This question is about generating new plot hooks during play, rather than part of character generation, however. I ...
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Will using NPCs as allies overshadow my PCs?

As I was working on my D&D 4e campaign, I created a few NPCs to connect with my players, some of them intended as travelling companions of the PCs. Their backstories and knowledge hook into the ...
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Does ongoing damage stack?

Tonight while leveling characters my players raised a question that stumped me. Does ongoing damage of the same type, from different players stack? Say you have two players that each have moves that ...
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278 views

How exactly do potions and oils work?

So I read the bit about potions in the CRB and it sayss a potion can have the effect of a spell up to 3rd level. It says with potions that the drinker is the target and the caster. So if I drink a ...
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Unarmed Attacks, animal forms and Natural Weapons

Is it possible for a creature like a bear to make an attack that counts as an unarmed attack, even though it has a claw attack as a Natural Weapon?
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Magic Jar and Revenance?

What happens if someone cast Magic Jar (PH p.250) on a person who has been revived by a Revenance spell (Spell Compendium p.175)? Does it keep him alive after Revenance has ended? Does the caster of ...
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Are there mechanics to make your own deities?

I noticed in The Inner Sea World Guide that most core deities seem to have 5 domains associated with them, and every other deity has 4. I'm trying to make a few additions to the list for my campaign ...
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Way to prevent teleportation

Look at my problem. My party (avg 10 lvl) just had a pre boss fight. That was an opportunity for me to make them spend some of their resources, because they thought that was actually the big bad boss ...
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1answer
76 views

Powers or Items used outside encounters

As a player and DM I am not quite sure how to approach the perspective of powers or items used in a non-encounter situation. For example, I just saw that the alchemical item slow-step oil can be used ...
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1answer
73 views

Gemstones in a Treasure Hoard

I am using the Appendix in Ultimate Equipment to generate a Treasure Hoard. A 1000 GP (Type H Treasure, Lair Treasure) contains "three grade 1 gemstones", but the gemstone tables aren't referenced ...
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2answers
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If I don't spend all of my starting XP 'before play starts,' does it get wiped out?

In a previous question, an answer quotes the rules on starting XP. It states that it can be spent before play starts. Taken literally, which may not be the intention, it means I cannot spend this XP ...
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1answer
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Should availability be altered for non-US settings?

Certain items are more or less restricted in different countries. Some are more expensive (software in Australia etc.) And some are in less demand so less available. What is the best and/or simplest ...
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0answers
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What do the different intensity stun gun from the God-Machine Chronicles do?

What do the three intensities of this weapon do? It's made obvious that the availability • gun is intensity 1, ••=2,••=3. But no further intensity is mentioned.
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Can low level priests cast high level spells off scrolls?

I am a DM with a 2nd lvl priest. I want my priest to be able to cast a remove disease spell off of a scroll that he will find. Can he do this? Where is the rule?
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As a player, how can I help other players explore their characters on a deeper level?

I'm playing in a group with a diverse group of players. Some have everything about their character planned (like myself and one other player), others came to the table with a concept and nothing else. ...
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1answer
82 views

Would someone clarify the HD section in the Zombie Bestiary entry?

I'm mostly confused by the line "Drop HD gained by class levels (minimum of 1) and change racial HD to d8s." Now, let me see if I understood that correctly; If I'm dealing with something that has no ...
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2answers
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Stress Tracks and Beast Change

In the Dresden Files, damage is taken as stress or consequences, which is all fine and dandy until you factor in beast change. For example, in my game, one of my players is a were-tiger; when he is ...
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3answers
324 views

Is there a good system for organizing and distributing handouts online?

A lot of benefits can be had from handing the players index cards, handouts, notes, et cetera. Is there a good way to simulate this online? We play with IRC and a virtual tabletop (d20pro), but I'm ...
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2answers
95 views

How to gain utility powers from multiple other classes

What are the options for a character that wants to gain utility powers from more than one class other than their own? I am aware of the following options so far: Paragon Multiclassing The ...
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3answers
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Do you generally do anything with a creature's remains?

Say the party goes off into the woods and kills a few wolves. Would anything useful come from the carcasses? How about at higher levels when killing Dragons and such? I understand with creatures ...
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2answers
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Would armor that you're wearing and weapons be counted in your carry weight?

I've heard people who run games where they don't count armor that you wear in your carry weight and people who do. I'm wondering what the RAW would state.
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Is XP spent at character creation treated the same as • spending?

Say, as a crude example (I don't fact-check points costs atm on my phone) I have a character who buys: Giant •••• Encyclopedic knowledge •• Fleet of foot • And as he has some starting XP he decides ...
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2answers
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How to represent 'instant expert' in nWoD?

I'm statting up a very smart character for a hunter game (Int ••••) and would like to represent his ability to look over some theoretical work (briefly) and become an 'instant expert'. I've noticed ...
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1answer
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How do free contacts from Professional Training work?

The wording of the merit in Hunter: the Vigil is ambiguous (along with the example. In game terms, the character is considered to have the Contacts Merit (see p. 114 of the World of Darkness ...
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1answer
41 views

What do asset skills actually do, in Hunter: the Vigil?

Professional Training (Hunter: The Vigil) gives you asset skills. At character creation you get some number additional specialities. Do they have any other use? I've not combed every paragraph in the ...
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1answer
135 views

Can you 5-foot step while entangled

This should be a really simple question but - can you 5-foot step while entangled in Pathfinder. I can see arguments both ways as to whether you can but I cannot see anything definitive. 5' step ...
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As a newbie DM, is it OK to borrow plots from MMOs for my game?

I am an inexperienced GM. I have minimal to none experience game-mastering, although I DO have some experience as a player, and I wanted to prepare a game for a great friend of mine who is a very ...
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3answers
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House rules for making specific components matter for spells, magical and mundane item creation?

I started getting back into D&D edition 3.5 a few weeks ago as a DM. I do not like the generalizations in which are written into the magical item creation. I am trying to make a more specific ...
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2answers
166 views

Can you use the heal skill on yourself?

I know you can't use long-term care on yourself, but could you use the other aspects of the skill like first aid, treat wounds, treat disease, etc.
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1answer
525 views

What does “the save DC is Charisma-based.” mean?

I'm looking at Ghoul Fever and it says that, but a few lines up it says the save is Fort DC 13, so I'm not sure what they mean by the charisma based part.
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1answer
49 views

Does the same affliction stack?

If you catch a specific affliction like a disease while in combat can you then catch it again next round? What are the effects of this if it's possible? Would you need to cure it twice? etc.
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1answer
47 views

Are ability scores restored daily even while still under an affliction?

I'm trying to better understand afflictions and I was wondering if, for example; Someone gets Ghoul Fever. If they fail the save then they take 1d3 Con and 1d3 Dex damage. The next day, would they ...
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2answers
644 views

How can I decide whether being the GM is right for me?

I haven't played a table top RPG before. I've played RPGs in video game form for my entire life, though. I also write a good deal, and I've won like... two contests for short stories. I assume that's ...
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13answers
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How to secretly talk to one of the players while DM'ing?

To cut it short, the players (it's a 3 people party) are in some kind of a Secret Service of a rebel prince who wants the throne. One of my players is working for the current king secretly, feeding ...
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1answer
48 views

Does 'Good time management' only apply to certain rolls?

The Good Time Management merit (from God-Machine Chronicles Rules Update) lets me reduce the time between rolls in an extended action by half. Is there any limit on this? Does it apply to contested ...
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3answers
605 views

Minor Creation and food

So, a hungry wizard walks into a bar... And then gets kicked out before he's able to get any food in his stomach. He throws some curses and then remembers - he has some olives left, as well as a Minor ...
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2answers
358 views

If you perform a standard action can you still attack on the same turn?

Attacking is a standard action I think so you can't do that right? You can do a move and a standard or 2 moves, but not 2 standards as far as I understand it. Looking for confirmation.
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115 views

Starting spells in AD&D 1e

Where should I refer to finding the exact rules for the starting spells of magic-users, clerics, druids and illusionists? I'm not sure whether or not these spells start off ready-to-go or require ...
6
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1answer
185 views

What does “advanced simple template” mean in the context of a creature?

In the horse's bestiary entry it states that a heavy horse gains the "advanced simple template" and I'm not sure what that means.
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1answer
104 views

How can you tell when a creature can speak a language or just understand it?

For example, the Unicorn entry in the bestiary says Languages: common, sylvan Does that mean the unicorn can speak and understand both or just understand common but not speak it? I thought I ...
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1answer
87 views

How do i scout with a bat familiar?

My gaming group in a few encounters will be hitting level 14. I plan on taking the arcane familiar feat, and choosing the bat familiar. My plan is to have the bat passive inside my cloak to gain the ...
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1answer
213 views

If you take a 5 foot step into a threatened square do you provoke an AoO?

I know it says "never provokes an attack of opportunity" so I'm guessing the answer is no, but I wanted to make sure. Especially in the event there are several enemies and all threatening the square ...

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